I am so excited to share some of my favorite pieces with you all from the Olivia Culpo X Express Collection! As many of you saw on my Instagram a few weeks ago, I shared a sneak peek of this amazing and comfortable off the shoulder jumper! Olivia designed all of the pieces for women who are fearless and have a lot to accomplish. Her mindset were options that can make women feel confident and powerful (#girlpower). What I am loving most though about her collection is how classic and effortless all of the pieces are! You can dress all of these items up, or dress them down depending on your needs! I grabbed this black off the shoulder jumper which I am showing here more dressed down with sneakers, but don’t let this look fool you! You can totally dress this up with heels and go out for a night on the town in comfort! You can easily also wear this on the airplane while traveling, so a great two for one look! The other item that I grabbed was this striped boyfriend blazer. In the photos of Olivia, she had it styled with leather biker shorts which I was totally digging! It was such an edgy yet classic vibe! I recreated the look with a pair of leather shorts that I had, and I believe this would be the perfect going out look! Blazers are classic and effortless and can be worn with denim and a graphic tee, or dressed up for work! The last piece from the collection that I grabbed was this utility jumpsuit. Neutral colors with the utilitarian fit are a huge trend for spring! I am dressing it up a bit more here with pointy heels, but again like the other looks, you could dress this down or add booties instead for an edgy look!
Shop this post and all of the incredible pieces from the collection below:
I hope you all enjoyed how I styled my pieces from this collection, and I can’t wait to see what you all pick out! There is a polar vortex sale happening today where you can get 40% off (excludes some items) so make sure to check that out on the Express website!
*Thank you to Express for sponsoring this post and gifting me with this collection. All items were picked out by me and as always all styling and opinions of the products are my own*
The most anticipated blog post ever! Sorry for the delay getting this done! As many of you know my blog crashed for an entire weekend and I lost all of my content I had typed. I then was able to restore everything and then I ended up traveling to LA immediately for my boutique and I’ve been crazy busy ever since! I am so sorry for the delay, I know many of you have been waiting on this for awhile now! Who knew boutique business would be busier than Christmas in January!
So back to business …
If you’ve been following me for awhile now, you know that my husband and I absolutely love going to Nashville. We go yearly around our anniversary (late fall) and then try and do another trip yearly with friends. There is so much to do you can go back monthly and never do or see it all!
This past trip we went with our good friends Jessa Helm (@jessajo7) and her husband Andrew. We had a blast! Typically when Ross and I go we get an Airbnb closer to 12th Ave. South. I love that area (fun fact I used to have a clothing boutique in 12th South). The area is near the Frothy Monkey and a lot of other iconic “places to stop” in Nashville. This trip however, we knew we were there to have fun with friends and spend our quick trip day drinking on Broadway. We ended up booking an Airbnb very close to Broadway. The location was AMAZING! We could literally walk down the street to Rippy’s, which if you follow Jessa and I closely, you are aware that Rippy’s is our absolute favorite! You MUST get a Bushwhacker when you go to Rippy’s, but be careful they sneak up on you!
Where we stayed
We found the CUTEST Airbnb this trip! We were seriously just down the street from the Bridgestone Arena and Broadway! We walked to downtown and walked back, it was amazing! The condo we stayed in has a balcony that has the best view. The condo is BRAND NEW and it comfortably holds two couples. We each had our own rooms and bathrooms which was amazing! The hosts Devon & Sabrina were great, and so kind to let us be the first to stay in their brand new condo! The decorating style is very historic and boho which is so fun! You will find all kinds of different styles when booking an Airbnb and that is one of the things I love most! Each room had a HUGE walk in closet and enough space to stay organized! The floor to ceiling windows were amazing because you all know how much I love that beautiful natural light. With renting this space, you also have access to the complex common areas (pool, weight room, lounge, rooftop patio).
Where we ate
I am a creature of habit! I need to probably get out more and explore but I typically find somewhere I love and then always make it a point to go back! Saint Anejo is always our very first stop when we get to town. We typically always arrive on a Thursday night. This place does not take reservations so just make sure to get there at a decent time (especially in the spring/summer/fall). On off season in Dec-Feb you should be okay. Their tacos are seriously to die for, some of my faves are chicken tinga, hot chicken and molida! Whatever you do, make certain you get the mexi corn as a side! I also highly recommend the sayulita margarita and your favorite shot of tequila chilled (it will be served with an orange slice with cinnamon on top).
Next on my list of faves and somewhere you MUST go to is Biscuit Love! They have two locations in Nashville – one in the Gulch and one in Hillsboro Village, and then also a location in Franklin. If there is one thing on the menu you have to order, it is the BONUTS!
We also ate lunch at The Pharmacy this trip. Absolutely delicious. If you want the best burger ever make sure to check this place out. The tater tots are also delicious!
We checked out The San Antonio Taco Company (best Tex Mex in Nashville) for lunch! You walk in and order and then find a seat and once your number is called grab your food. The cheese queso is to die for! The tacos were amazing, and it was just a chill little joint with amazing food!
Where to shop
The shopping in Nashville is absolutely amazing! I personally love to shop in the Hillsboro Village area. Some of my favorites are Posh and Impeccable Pig. After brunching at Biscuit Love, you can easily just walk up and down the street (or scooter) and do all kinds of shopping! There are several boutiques in this area and it is hands down my favorite place to do my shopping. I would also suggest checking out the Gulch ( Two Old Hippies, Blush, Kittenish) and then of course 12th Ave South area ( Reese Witherspoon’s boutique Draper James is worth popping in and taking a picture outside).
Don’t gorget to check out Uncommon James! I’m sure you’ve already heard of it, but you can get the cutest jewelry as seen on the show Very Cavallari! It is actually on sale today for 20% off with code sweetsavings!
Our favorite bars
Again, being the creature of habit that I am, we always head to Winners & Losers Bar the first night we arrive (which is usually on a Thursday). This bar is not on broadway and tends to be one where more of the locals hang out. The bars are right next to one another, and you can honestly go back and forth if you wish. I love the Whiskey Jam they have at Winners, but I love the live bands they have at Losers! This is the place to get that orange drink I discussed on my Instagram stories. We ran into our friend Ethan and he was drinking this amazing drink, so of course we had to have one! It will come in a styrofoam cup and you just tell them you want the “orange drink in the styrofoam cup”. Hah, hope that helps!
I’ve already mentioned that we LOVE Rippy’s but I need to make sure to emphasize that once again. The food is amazing, the live music is amazing, the drinks are amazing, it is all around a good place. I recommend closing your tab frequently because a good time may result in you sitting at a table for 6 hours and getting one heck of a tab!! Don’t forget to make sure you order a Bushwhacker! If you show up and see that Jordan McCants is playing, do not leave! Seriously coolest guy ever and has an amazing voice! We also heard Zach McKenzie for the first time this trip (and we started him and Instagram page that I can see he isn’t posting on, haha) and his voice gave me goosebumps!!
I sadly do not think I have any pictures from this bar because by the time we made it we were tanked, but this karaoke bar is SO fun to end your night at! Ms. Kelli’s is a great time – located in Printers Alley which is a few blocks away from Broadway. Actual address is 207 Printers Aly Nashville, TN 37201 – get a jello shot and request your favorite tune to sing!
Other bars to check out: Honky Tonk Central, Tootsies, The Stage, Luke Bryan’s Bar, Florida Georgia Line’s bar FGL House (they have THE BEST pretzel that comes with amazing dipping sauces and you have to try the bourbon bbq chicken flatbread). FGL House also has the very best outdoor rooftop patio!
Here is the listing page showing some other Airbnb options available with our host! Click this and it will take you to the listings! They were also so very kind to include a list of places to check out so if you would like more info I can send you all of that! The list was quite long to include in this post, but if you book with them they will be happy to offer loads of suggestions!
I will have another post coming soon going more in depth with other places we’ve stayed over the years and other cool places to check out! I will also post more about fashion and how to dress for your trip!
Thank you for reading, and I hope you have a great time if you are headed to Nashville soon!
These are the top selling items from my blog and Instagram from the entire year! MAJORITY are from Amazon finds, so I certainly know where I will be spending most of my time tracking down goodies from this year!
That’s a wrap! So crazy to see what the top sellers have been! It is very obvious that you all love a good dupe and anything Amazon! I will do my best to bring you more amazing, affordable, and quality finds in 2019!
Happy New Year babes! What a year 2018 was. So blessed to have another year of health in my family, and for that I am truly grateful to God. It was the year that I finally felt like I figured out this “blogging” world in terms of what works for my followers and I. A year that I traveled to so many fun places with friends and family! But also a year of hurt and challenges. The problem with social media is that we all only see the good, because why on earth would we all want to air our dirty laundry for the world to see on Instagram? The truth of the matter is, life is hard. I don’t care who you are or how perfect you feel your year was, there are things in each of our lives that just knock us down or stress us out. For me, it was one of the most challenging years running my boutique to date. We had the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. This trickled into my personal life and I struggled as a mom, and I struggled as a wife. There were many days I felt a break down coming. I even so much as went to the doctor to think about getting on anxiety medicine because I just felt like I was losing my damn mind. Honestly though, when you open up and start talking to other women, WE ARE ALL THE SAME!
I am sharing this with all of you because when I chose to start blogging, it wasn’t about contracts or collaborations, or linking outfits. I wanted to have an outlet to write and share things I love. I did a terrible job in 2018 sharing my heart and just writing to you all. Isn’t that the purpose of a blog?! My goal for 2019 is to sit down, and just share my thoughts from time to time. Whatever that might be. Perhaps marriage posts, the struggles of owning your own business, etc.
While we are on the topic, this “blogging” world has been a blessing and a curse for me. I truly enjoy it so much, but some days I feel myself in this rat race. “Hurry up you have to get your post up”, “There is a sale get it on stories stat” blah blah blah! That is what constantly goes through my head and I stress myself out! I am super competitive by nature, and especially with myself. I don’t understand why some girls are growing so fast while others are growing snail speed. I also just do not understand Instagram and all of the algorithm changes. If you aren’t a social media influencer you might be reading this thinking, “This is so dumb why do you care”, but maybe put what I’m saying in terms of your own job. Lets say you are a sales rep and some sales reps seem to be having record growth while you feel like you are busting your ass and barely getting by. See what I’m saying?! In our industry, to succeed all of this matters. I think I’ve let it matter just too dang much, and the thoughts of comparing myself to others in this industry consume me way more than I plan to do in 2019. I work full time running a family business and I’m also a mom and a wife, so this blogging thing will just never be my full time gig like others. I am just sharing this with you because I get messages DAILY asking, “how do you do it all?” and gals I don’t. I try very hard, but at the end of the day I constantly feel like I am failing in all areas! Please do not look at all of these women on social media and think they have it all figured out and you don’t because that is not the case. I guarantee if you ask them, you will find that while one area of life is excelling, another area is hurting.
My plan for 2019 is simple. STOP. COMPARING. MYSELF. TO. OTHERS. I know it’s easier said than done but gosh, I really am just done. It steals my joy and I’m refusing to continue doing it in 2019. I hope if you too are struggling with this comparison game that together, we can make changes to just stop. So how do I plan to achieve this?
5 Steps to help me with this comparison game in 2019
I plan to set goals for myself: Not that I didn’t do that in 2018 but I didn’t write them down, and truly just flew by the seat of my pants. I plan to set goals for myself with my boutique business as well as my blogging business. When I achieve those goals those will be measures of success that I can be proud of and help build my confidence! I will claim them one by one and cross them off the goal list!!
I plan to focus on what I do have: I already do this, trust me, but I think we all forget to count our blessings. Again, easier said than done especially for competitive entrepreneurs but I really plan to sit down and focus on all the good I have going on!
I plan to work on learning & improving: This means more podcasts, more online classes to GROW. Like the saying goes, “If you are green you are growing, but if you are ripe you are rotting!” If we are green we are growing, learning and developing. It is easy to think we already know it all and we do not need continuing education, but that is so far from the truth. This is going to be my focus this year, learning more so I can continue growing!
I plan to continue leading & not following: Being a leader in my industry is something I’ve always strived to be. Sometimes when people will say “you should do what X boutique is doing” I think to myself, no I shouldn’t. I don’t want to be like them, I want to be like myself. Same for blogging, it is crazy how this industry tends to morph into one (photography, clothing, etc). It is always wise to know what is going on around you, but I plan to be ahead of the curve doing my own thing.
I plan to continue traveling: Getting away is healthy for your soul! You always come back more refreshed and ready to conquer life. I plan to keep traveling and going away for little mini vacations so I can relax and refocus. It helps me connect with my husband and he was around long before any of this! I have to nurture that relationship and getting away with him is the only way I know how! Oh, and date nights of course!
I hope you have a wonderful start to your new year! I wish you a year of self development and growth in whatever area of life you are struggling. I am always here for any of you, never forget that! If you have a question or need advice I can do my best to give it! Thank you for following along on my journey and I look forward to a wonderful year together in 2019!
Happy Sunday! I am headed off to Christmas number 1 today and I couldn’t be more excited! I love seeing family this time of year. We laugh, we play games, we go to an amazing church service, and we all just unplug from our phones and enjoy one another! I like to dress casual for my holiday gatherings but I typically always tend to go for black denim and booties to dress up my look. Believe it or not, these adorable black high waisted jeggings are from Walmart, and under $20! They run very TTS and are extremely stretchy, I am wearing my usual size 5. Casual style that still looks a smidge dressed up is how I like to roll. I also think that when people think of a holiday gathering they immediately think you have to wear “red or green” this time of year. I believe that whatever makes you feel your best is what you should wear. I love wearing mostly black – it is chic, and also child proof from spills haha!
I also grabbed this grey cardigan and this leopard purse from Walmart too! Sadly it appears my cardigan is now sold out online, but I am linking this style here which is very similar to mine. I am obsessed with finding quality pieces for a great price! Especially this time of year, we are spending money on gifts for others and it can be hard to justify a new outfit for yourself for a holiday gathering, BUT I assure you it can be done still looking super trendy with a reasonable price tag! Like this leopard bag for instance, which looks designer but is under $20!! It has a longer strap so it can be worn as a cross body or held as more of a satchel. It’s a furry leopard (love the colorings) and looks adorable with the added scarf.
Hope you’ve enjoyed this casual chic look with Walmart. There are so many great items on their website and in stores so make sure to take a peek! Don’t forget you can also find designer items on there as well, like this pair of shoes which are similar to mine. They truly have style for every budget and free shipping over $35!
Happy Holidays everyone!
*Thank you Walmart for partnering with me on this post! All style tips, outfit pairings, ideas and opinions are my own.